Reclaiming the Classroom: Restoring Bilingual and Ethnic Studies Programs in Public Schools

Celebrate recent victories protecting the educational rights of bilingual, bicultural students, and learn how advocates are continuing the fight in the face of political hostility towards immigrants present in the current administration.

On November 8th, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 58, a landmark victory marking the end of a 20-year ban on bilingual education in California. Less than a year later, on the same day that President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, a federal judge ruled that Arizona's ban on Mexican-American studies programs in public schools was unconstitutional. How did elected officials, students, and advocates succeed in challenging anti-immigrant education policies in the midst of a hostile political climate? Join Education and Law Society for a panel to learn more about these critical victories and successful strategies to protect students’ rights to bilingual and culturally-responsive education programs, and the challenges that still lie ahead. 

Panelists include:

Shelley Spiegel-Coleman from Californians Together, a statewide coalition that advocates for the rights of English Language Learners 

Professor Robert Chang, Seattle University School of Law and pro-bono counsel on the Tucson Mexican-American Studies case

Professor Patricia Gándara, UCLA School of Education and Civil Rights Project. 

Moderator: Professor Rachel F. Moran

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